Spice & Wolf, Vol. 06
After reading book four, and then this one, I am very pleased with how the series is progressing.
First off, some characters do carry over from earlier arcs, but not ...more
Sometimes, this series is really slow. Like this book, with the ending of the last one, I expected something more than I got here.
I am glad of the ending of this one, though, and what it leads up to.
Biggest problem now, is that I do have book 7, but it is a collection of shorts not directly linked to the main story, and I have no idea when I'll get around to buying the rest!
There's a radical change in status quo here. First of all, there is the introduction of Cole, a little boy who joins the main cast. He kinda-sorta becomes Lawrence's merchant apprentice but wants to study church law instead in ...more
After the events in volume 5, Holo and Lawrence still can't seem to just sit down and talk about their changing relationship - perhaps because neither wants to ask the other to change their plans, perhaps because Holo simply is in a pretty bad place as far as worrying about what she'll find at the journey's end - one of the things that made this series work for me was that there isn't a single simplistic issue, but several ...more
Good for calming down with tea or relaxing your mind from screen overload.
Similar to the others, though maybe the author is mixing things up a little. He promises more economics in the next book.
The path of gold story at page 103 was quite interesting, and some of the other village legends at page 187 were nice also.
Sometimes just more passively reading along, but other times get ...more
This book would have been 5 stars, but the sometimes awkward writing dragged it down. I don't think this is just a matter of getting lost in translation, though that could contribute.
The main characters don't seem to know what they want to do... but then it actually feels like the author is not sure where to go with the story anyway. Don't get me wrong, the added elements look like they will be interesting, but the book doesn't hold up on its own even with those taken into account.
The translation isn't great, with a ...more
Thus far, all of the previous volumes have been fairly formulaic: Lawrence and Holo arrive in new town, a deal opportunity presents itself, Lawrence tries to make money, fails, Holo steps in to save the day, and then Holo and Lawrence end up saving each other. This formula has worked out well in the past few volumes. That said, I'm kind of glad that this volume changed things up a bit.
While I enjoy and appreciate the economic matters that form some of the basis of these stories, I'm not disappointed with this change of ...more
Recently finished this book and like those before it and the rather enjoyable anime series (GO WATCH IT!) it was honestly an amazing experience. The characters, the world, the feeling of journey and adventure all get top marks from me! Holo is singularly the best female lead character ever, she is so unique, sassy and full of independence and attitude. Definitely a girl I could be friends with!
I'd recommend ...more
As Holo and Lawrence begin the final leg of their journey, Lawrence decides to accompany Holo to her ancient home of Yoitsu, if only to forestall their parting just a bit longer. Boarding a ship from the port of Lenos (much to the chagrin of the wisewolf, who is none too fond of water!), the pair's fate becomes entangled with that of a boy named Col, whose tale of his circumstances - combined with the gossip of the sailors - leads to a shocking revelation about Holo's homeland!